Apollon Smyrnis advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs of the Greek League, after beating PAOK 18:6 in the second match of the quarterfinals.
Peristeri and Ydriakos will play the third game. Peristeri defeated Ydriakos in the second match, which produced a “football result” – 5:1.
Ydraikos – Peristeri 1:5 (0:1, 0:1, 1:1, 0:2) – score in the series 1:1
Ydraikos: Papasifakis 1.
Peristeri: Koukoumakis 2, Farmer 1, Mironov 1, Agkortsas 1
PAOK –Apollon Smyrnis 6:18 (0:3, 2:4, 4:6, 0:5) – score in the series 0:2
PAOK: Sarissavas 2, Radojevic 2, Prosiniklis 1, Giannopoulos 1.
Apollon: Gounas 4, Solanakis 3, Papageorgiou 2, Moskov 2, Bowen 2, Dermitzakis 1, Hatzikiriakakis 1, Torakis 1, Vitellas 1, Goniotakis 1.
Ydraikos earned an away win over Peristeri in the 1st match (10:9 after a penalty shootout), and had a great chance to close the quarterfinals on home soil. Still, the hosts haven’t an easy task. They played without a coach. Both coaches of Apollon were suspended because of the red cards in the first match.
Peristeri’s goalkeeper Karabetsos (44-year-old) had a great day, he conceded only one goal. The result says it all about the match. Peristeri’s defense was outstanding and therefore only five goals in Ydriakos’ net were enough for a convincing win. At halftime, the visitors led 2:0. Ydriakos converted a penalty shot to half the deficit (1:2). However, the visitors scored three unanswered goals until the end. Peristeri took back the home advantage and extended the series.
Apollon cruised to the semifinals. Apollon recorded a 13:6 victory in the first match. The second game played in Thessaloniki. The visitors earned a 5:0 lead before PAOK found the net for the first time. Shortly after, Apollon built a 7:1 advantage, and there was no way back for PAOK.
Apollon will play against Olympiacos in the semifinals. Vouliagmeni waits for a winner of the duel Peristeri-Ydraikos.